Costa del Sol and Costa de Almeria Sights

Cuevas de Nerja (Nerja Caves)

  • Historic District/Site

Published 08/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Between Almuñécar and Nerja, these caves are on a road surrounded by giant cliffs and dramatic seascapes. Signs point to the cave entrance above the village of Maro, 4 km (2½ miles) east of Nerja. Its spires and turrets, created by millennia of dripping water, are now floodlit for better views. One suspended pinnacle, 200 feet long, is the world's largest known stalactite. The cave painting of seals discovered here may be the oldest example of art in existence—and the only one known to have been painted by Neanderthals. The awesome subterranean chambers create an evocative setting for concerts and ballets during the Nerja Festival of Music and Dance, held annually during the third week of July. There is also a bar-restaurant near the entrance with a spacious dining room that has superb views. Afternoon visits, September–June, are by guided tour only. Visits take around 45 minutes so arrive at least an hour before closing time. Private tours in English are available (€15, bookable online).

Sight Information

Address:

Maro, 29780, Spain

Phone:

952-529520

Sight Details:

  • €9
  • July and Aug., daily 10–6:30; Sept.–June, daily 10–1:30 and 4–5:30

Published 08/18/2015

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